In addition to pressing state legisltors and state school boards to make changes, we must have changes at all of our major universities. Today, through the AP College Board testing services, students are recruited into the economics curriculum unaware of the deficiencies of the course. Universities must refrain from influencing students decisions on coursework without full disclosure.
The following letter provides a structure for an appeal to your University President.
To: University President Re: "The Truth About Economics"
As a champion for education, I am sure you are well aware of how relevancy affects the degree of enthusiasm a student has for a given class. High school students suffer when they are forced or coerced to take a class that has no relevancy to their economic livelihood, even when the course is titled economics. Economic theory has no real life application.
Instead of teaching economics, we should be teaching financial literacy.
- Budgeting and planning for financial needs
- Saving and investing to support financial goals
- Credit, debt and credit scores
- Reading markets, shopping, and negotiating
- Careers and Income
- Risk, Insurance and legal matters
- Housing and home ownership as an investment
- Taxation, public spending, social security and retirement
You can help correct this situation by declining to accept AP test credit for any AP Economics courses. Give our children the freedom they need to pursue education that is relevant to them. Please let me know what I can do to help you achieve this objective.